Question and Answer: O'Malley
A. Why are you applying for this position?
I am applying for the Board of Directors in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to represent the dental business community in the decision making process of the AACD. I would like to strengthen the tires of this strategic partnership while respecting and supporting the goals of the AACD.
B. We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we can expect and how you work with others. Be as specific as possible.
I am a team player. I try to find the right person to do a job and then empower that person with the responsibility and authority to accomplish it. I am there to help in any way that I can. I have an open door policy and therefore am always readily available. I am also a firm believer in using outside resources when needed so as not to make any unnecessary mistakes.
C. Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.
I am the Co-Founder of Cosmedent and have spent over 30 years as its President and CEO. During these 30 years, we have undertaken numerous projects, most of which require working with other people in a team oriented environment. These projects run the gamut from product research and development, internal organization, marketing programs, regulatory affairs and infrastructure development and much more.
My approach to fulfilling obligations is to assess the problem and to determine the resources needed. Then it is important to project the time needed for completion and to commit the resources necessary to complete the obligation and to monitor the project to its conclusion.
D. The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.
Friendship aside, policy or ethical issues should be discussed openly so that the parties understand the consequences. Every effort should be made to resolve these amicably. Ultimately, one must do the right thing.
E. What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?
I am pragmatic and I always try to use logic and good judgment in making decisions. I work well with others and have the ability to understand different points of view and to negotiate compromise when necessary. In addition, my long involvement in the healthcare industry has given me insight that I feel would be helpful in organizational structure and professional relationships in the AACD.
F. Please give us an idea of where you see your interest and expertise supporting the advancement of the AACD Strategic plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s core purpose.
As President and CEO of Cosmedent, I have always supported the AACD and its goals of education, promotion and general acceptance of cosmetic dentistry. From the beginning, Cosmedent has focused on giving lectures to educate dentists in the emerging field of composite dentistry. We published the first newsletter dedicated to composite dentistry in “The Forum of Esthetic Dentistry” which was the first forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in the industry.
Education of the dentist was and continues to be the cornerstone of Cosmedent. At our Center for Esthetic Excellence in Chicago, we offer many highly regarded education courses in composite dentistry. One of our classes has been specifically developed to help members with the difficult Case Type 5 in their pursuit of Accreditation.
In addition to our educational center, Cosmedent has a free website, www.dentalcomposites.com, to help dentists improve their skills with composite bonding. We also send our customers a Tip of the Month featuring invaluable tips from dentists all over the world. I feel I am very qualified to advancing the core purpose of the AACD because it parallels with our own vision of the acceptance and advancement of cosmetic dentistry.
G. Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.
Cosmedent has supported the AACD and its membership from its founding days to the present. We were among the first to offer hands-on workshops and to exhibit at the annual meetings. In the past, we have been corporate sponsors, and for the last several years have underwritten the accredited members’ cocktail party. As for forming a bridge between the Board of Directors and its membership, all directors must listen to what the membership is saying and to communicate this effectively with the Board. One must be careful to ensure that the Board and the membership move in the same direction.
H. Please list any leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.
I have not taken any courses or webinars.
I. What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?
I have covered everything in the previous questions.
J. Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending? If yes, please explain.
K. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.